By Theresa Woelk

Staff writer

HERMISTON — Students at Sandstone Middle School know that Toni Lampkin is a good social studies teacher. Now the secret is out and people far and wide will also know her caliber.

Lampkin earned her National Board Certification this fall. She is the first teacher in Hermiston to successfully earn the certification.

Lampkin had to complete a series of demanding evaluations, tests and projects before earning the certification. The number of nationally certified teachers nationwide is small and the number that earn the certification on their first attempt, as Lampkin did, is even smaller. As of November 2001, only 16,044 teachers in the United States hold the National Certification.

"I don't think people realize how impressive it is that she passed it the first time," Sandstone Principal Pat Consoliver said. "It is not easy. It validates that they are master teachers."

(For the full story, please see the Dec. 6, 2002, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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